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The Strategic Cost Model is now the Strategic Cost and Price Model


The Strategic Cost and Price Model - 2018 - revision 04 is now available with process updates, new fabs and new capabilities. BUY NOW!


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The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost and Price Model takes the top three companies in each of four segments and provides a detailed look at all of their current and past processes on 300mm and forward forecasts out to the next decade.


Specifically the model covers: DRAM - Samsung, Micron and SK Hynix, Foundry - TSMC, Global Foundries, Samsung, IDM Logic - Intel MPU and ST Micro, NAND - Samsung, Toshiba, and Intel-Micron and 2D and 3D NAND, 3D XPoint for Intel-Micron..


In each case we present a detailed introduction date, general process's details, process flows in order, pitch by layer and node, mask layers, multi patterning usage and total masks. Process blocks, pitch and multi patterning can be edited for each case.


For each target company and process every 300mm fab they have is predefined so that if you juts pick a fab the fab details and supported processes are pre defined (although you can override them) and detailed outputs of equipment and materials requirements are provided.


Supported processes

The Model supports DRAM out to 12 nm, Foundry out beyond 3.5nm, NAND in 2D out to 15nm/16nm as well as 3D to 256 layers and 3D XPoint to 8 layers..


Supported wafer sizes

300mm and 450mm


Supported cost elements

Wafer cost and price. No packaging or test.


Who should buy this product

The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost and Price Model - is in use at many IDMs, Consortia, Materials companies and OEMS forward projecting markets and costs as the industry implements the ITRS and 450mm,.


Latest revision


Revision 2018-03

  • Processes - Changed TSMC 3nm HNS process to a FinFET process. Updated the logic process density calculation to account for number of decks. Removed GLOBALFOUNDRIES 7LPP and 3nm processes. Updated Intel 10nm and 7nm processes. Updated TSMC 12nm process. Updated Samsung DRAM bit densities. Updated all 2y, 1x, 1y and 1z DRAM processes. Removed TSMC 2.5nm and 1.5nm processes. Added generic 3.5nm HNS, 2.5nm HNS, 1.75nm CFET, 1.25nm CFET and 0.90nm CFET foundry processes, Changed IM 96L 3D NAND process to MT. Expanded the Logic sheet to allow for up to 20 metal layers.
  • NGL - Updated DS and EUV pitch limits. Created EUV DP exposure and implemented for multi-patterning (higher throughput). Added SAQP (SOS) 2 and 3 AlO cuts with resist mandrel processes. Updated clean usage in NGL blocks.
  • Equipment - Added NIL exposure tool and track.
  • Materials - Added ALD - Nb precursor and NIL adhesion promoter, accelerant and photoresist. Updated reticle pricing. Updated bulk gas usage.
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  • Fabs - Removed GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 8 - M2. Updated Toshiba Fab 7 name to K1. Added SK Hynix CF 3D and M14 (Flash).


System Requirements

The Model runs inside of Microsoft Excel and requires the user to have Excel 2010 or higher installed on their computer. There are are known compatibility issues with Excel 2007 and Open Office and any third party Excel compatible product.


Model Cost and How to Buy

A single user license allows one user on one computer and is $5,500, an enterprise license allowing an unlimited number of users at a company is $15,000. The model may be purchased at a discount on-line with a credit card here or you may email or fax us a purchase order with 30 day terms. The model is delivered by email within a few hours of our receiving an order. The model cost includes twelve months of updates plus twelve months of reasonable levels of phone and email support. A Web Ex training session is available on request. Renewal costs at the end of twelve months are discounted 1/3 off the current prices.


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